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Below is a recent realized price for a copy of Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (1841) by Latter Day Saint leader Emma Smith. We at Nate D. Sanders Auctions can obtain up to this amount or more for you:

Emma Smith Collection of Sacred Hymns 1841. Sold for about $100,000.

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Gutenberg Bible Leaf — Scarce Leaf From the 15th Century Bible Made From Moveable Type That Ushered in the Age of Enlightenment

Scarce leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, one of the earliest major books printed from moveable metal type, the invention that ushered in the Age of Enlightenment by democratizing knowledge through mass production of literature. Printed by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany from 1450-1455, less than 50 complete or near-complete copies of the Gutenberg Bible are now extant, with nearly all those housed in public institutions. Singular leaves are also scarce, with the leaf presented here having been acquired by bookseller Gabriel Wells, whose purchase of an incomplete Bible in 1920 gave way to selling the individual leaves alongside an essay by A. Edward Newton entitled “A Noble Fragment”. Leaf is number 193 of the full Latin Bible, with the recto being the Prologue to 1 Chronicles of the Old Testament, and the verso the first part of Chapter 1 of 1 Chronicles. Each page features two columns of 42 lines in dark black Gothic type, accented by red and blue rubrication. Each copy of the Gutenberg Bible differs in its rubrication and illumination, with buyers at the time deciding upon these embellishments after the Bible was printed. The six-line rubricated letters of this leaf were likely added later, restored to match the original style. Leaf measures 11.125″ x 15.375″, bound on edge to portfolio measuring 11.75″ x 16″. Paper quality is still bright with very little foxing or discoloration compared to other examples. A stunning example from the book that changed the course of history. Sold for $136,500.

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Scarce 1493 First Edition of “Nuremberg Chronicle”, the Lavishly Illustrated High Point of Printing in the Age of Incunable, Published Shortly After the Gutenberg Bible

Scarce first edition, first printing of “Liber Chronicarum” or “Nuremberg Chronicle”, the 15th century illustrated history of the world, widely considered the high point of printed books in the post-Gutenberg incunable era. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 12 July 1493. Written by the Nuremberg doctor and humanist Hartmann Schedel, and largely illustrated by Michael Wolgemut’s workshop, with many views reportedly completed by Albrecht Durer, who apprenticed with Wolgemut at the time. Sold for $31,500.

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Scarce Copy of the ”Pony Express Bible” — Distributed to Riders of the Famed Old West Mail Service

Scarce copy of the Holy Bible that was specially ordered by Russell, Majors & Waddell – the company that founded the Pony Express – to give to each of the riders of their famed mail service. New York: American Bible Society, 1857. Bound in original calf leather boards, Bible is stamped in gilt on front board, ”Presented by / Russell, Majors & Waddell / 1858”, and on spine ”Holy Bible”, with elaborate decorative stamping on boards and spine. With 1,278 double-columned pages as called for. Bible is one of two types given to Pony Express riders, all of which bear the 1858 date on the front cover, and which were originally ordered by the company to give to its wagon crews, and then repurposed for the new Pony Express venture in 1860.

Alexander Majors, one of the founders of the company, was a deeply religious man who not only required each of his Pony Express riders to carry a Bible, but had it delivered to them only after they signed a pledge not to swear, drink or fight with other riders. The riders were also required to abstain from working on Sunday, an unusual practice that allowed them to rest after a grueling schedule of riding 250 miles per day on horseback. Although the Pony Express lasted a mere 19 months from April 1860 to October 1861, the lore of its riders, symbolizing the rugged individualism of the American west, has been emblazoned into the nation’s collective consciousness, with these Bibles one of the only artifacts of their noble mission.

A quote in pencil appears on the front pastedown, ”I will do what good I can as I pass along for I may not come this way again”, and a faded inscription appears on the rear pastedown possibly dating the book to 1859. This copy may have been given to one of the wagon riders, although it’s impossible to conclusively know. Bible measures 3.75” x 5.875” x 2”, well-worn with rubbing to boards and some creasing to spine. Missing first few pages including copyright page, and partial loss to last page. Overall a very good copy with original boards still present and intact. Sold for $9,375.

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Pope Francis Signed Copy of His First Encyclical, ”Lumen Fidei” (The Light of Faith) — With LOA From Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin — Extremely Rare

Beautiful Papal copy of ”Lumen Fidei”, signed by its author, Pope Francis. Published by the Vatican Press in 2013, it is the first encyclical of Pope Francis’ papacy. In ”Lumen Fidei”, Pope Francis finishes the encyclical started by his predecessor Pope Benedict, who began writing on the history and nature of faith, including the mutually inclusive notions of faith and reason, and the importance of faith in building a moral society. Pope Francis writes in the encyclical, ”…A light this powerful cannot come from ourselves but from a more primordial source: in a word, it must come from God. Faith is born of an encounter with the living God who calls us and reveals his love, a love which precedes us and upon which we can lean for security and for building our lives. Transformed by this love, we gain fresh vision, new eyes to see; we realize that it contains a great promise of fulfillment, and that a vision of the future opens up before us…” Pope Francis signs the title page, ”Francisco” above the embossed stamp of the Pope’s personal secretary. Stunning garnet-colored hardcover book measures 5.25” x 9.25” and runs 84 pages, with a garnet ribboned bookmark. Accompanied by an LOA from the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, detailing the book’s donation to help raise funds for the Servite Order ”Servants of Mary” work in Uganda. In exquisite, near fine condition. Sold for $4,688.

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Alexander Pope Autograph Letter Signed — “…I really think it worth no man’s while to do any great or good action for any other motive than the inward satisfaction of his own conscience…”

Alexander Pope autograph letter signed, reflecting upon the illness and character of his mentor, Lord Peterborough (Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough). Pope writes to Samuel Buckley, publisher of the Daily Courant, the first daily newspaper in England, Scotland, and Ireland from Southampton, England on 26 August [1735], in part, “…This is partly to tell you I received the last marks of yr. kind Readiness to oblige me, in yr. notes & yr. Books ye send me: but it was just as I was taking Coach for Southampton, where to take leave (I fear my last) of my Lord Peterborrow. I write from his Couch-side, where he lies in great pain sometimes, but in spirit still & talks of answering ye misrepresentations of Bish: Burnet’s History before he dies. Tis hard, yt when a great Man has labored thro a life of public service or cares, the first scenes of it are liable to ye Envy of Contemporaries, & ye last to ye Caprice of Historians. I really think it worth no man’s while to do any great or good action for any other motive than the inward satisfaction of his own conscience in ye good done. I am always Sir yr. obliged & faithful Servt. / A. Pope”. Single page on card-style stationery has integral address cover to verso. Measures 7.25″ x 8.75″. Professional restoration on verso, adding paper to cover where wax seal was torn open, and also to bottom part of first page, not affecting text. Very good plus condition. Sold for $3,250.

Emma Smith Collection of Sacred Hymns 1841
Alexander Pope Autograph Letter Signed. Click to enlarge.
Alexander Pope Autograph Letter Signed Verso. Click to enlarge.

Very Rare Medieval Bible Manuscript Leaf — Produced in Italy Circa 1100 — Written in Carolingian Minuscule Script

Medieval Bible manuscript leaf, produced circa 1100 in Italy. Text is written in a very scarce Carolingian minuscule, a form of calligraphic script developed to standardize the Latin alphabet for the literate classes of Europe from one region to another. Text is from the “Apocalypse,” particularly from chapter 1, verse 5 to chapter 2, verse 13. Before the first quarter of the 13th century, the sections of each Book of the Bible were erratic and inconsistent from one Bible to the next, and chapters were often short and impractical. The leaf is from a Bible that was produced well before this period of standardization. Right column features scribbles from a later date, including “Apocalypse chap. I & 5-chap. II & 13” as a result of the leaf being used as a book cover, as well as a large initial “T” and the name “A. Tinard” in capitals. Leaf on 2pp., front and verso, measures 9.5″ x 12″ and has significant wear from age, including four missing corners, creases and a few laid-in slits and a few small holes in spots. The script is clear, save for a few lines with a few characters missing. Very good overall for such an historic item. Sold for $2,898.

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Very Rare Medieval Bible Manuscript Leaf — Produced in Germany Circa 1150 — Large Bifolium Leaf Measures 14.5″ x 9″

Large bifolium leaf from a Bible most likely produced in Germany circa 1150-1175. The text, in Romanesque script is from the Book of Leviticus, with portions from chapter five, verse 12 to chapter 7, verse 15. The second portion of text (on verso) is from chapter 16, verse 9 to chapter 17, verse 15. Text is dated within the period 1150-1175 based on the spelling of words, as there are two p’s written together in abbreviation (which started about 1150), and the merging of the combinations of other letters, such as “bo” and “ho”, which started around 1170, not occurring on this leaf. There are a maximum of 35 lines (out of a probable 40) in a fine Romanesque script in dark brown in two columns. Card-style document on 4pp. front and verso measures approximately 14.5″ x 9″, though edges are uneven. Legibility of two pages is good; other two pages are largely illegible. Two large parts of pages 1 and 2 have been cut away and there are other cuts and chips. Overall in very good condition considering its age. Sold for $2,415.

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Mormon Autograph Letter Signed Regarding the 1845 Mob War With the Mormons of Nauvoo, Illinois — “…yesterday the Mormons shot a respectable Anti-Mormon by name of Worrell. Some 50 houses have been burnt near the line of this county” — Very Scarce

Mormon autograph letter signed by F.C. Moore of Quincy, Illinois reporting a mob war with the Mormons in Nauvoo, Illinois. Dated 17 September 1845, Moore writes to John Pierce in New York. In part: “…We shall probably have a very serious war with the Mormons in Hancock County, which has commenced by burning the Mormon dwellings, and yesterday the Mormons shot a respectable Anti-Mormon by name of [Franklin] Worrell. Some 50 houses have been burnt near the line of this county…The fact is, the Mormons out vote the old citizens & have the contract of all the offices, and justice cannot be obtained in that county. The Eastern papers have no idea of the state of annarchy in that county. It is said that [Mormon supporter Jacob] Backenstos the Sheriff of Hancock shot Mr. Worrell…A number of Mormon families have fled to this city for safety, and so sure as they congregate here, we shall have fighting. The Mormons sent an express to Gov. [Thomas] Ford, calling on him for aid. It is said his reply was, ‘THEY MAY GO TO HELL.,’ pretty language for a Governor! Between Loco Foco’s rulers & Mormon neighbours we are in a poor situation…” Jacob Worrell had been captain of the Carthage militia who had guarded Joseph Smith’s cell and permitted the mob to storm it. He was most likely killed by one of the most feared Mormon enforcers, Orrin Porter Rockwell. The locofocos were a group of radical Democrats prominent in the 1830’s; by 1845 the name was used perjoratively when referring to Democrats in general. It would not be long before the Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo were compelled to move yet again from what had seemed to be their promised land. Fine condition.  Sold for $2,363.

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Autograph Letter Signed Regarding the Last Days of Joseph Smith Before His Murder — 1844 — “The Mormon camp is in dire confusion, a party having sprung up in its midst who are preaching a reformation from the abominations of Smith, whom they brand a ‘fallen Prophet'”

Autograph letter signed regarding Joseph Smith by Reverend J.T. Tucker of Hannibal, Missouri. Composed on 20 June 1844, just one week before Smith’s murder, to Reverend M. Badger of the American Home Missionary Society in New York. In part, “…the world, the flesh & the devil are driving on their projects of sin and ruin. One grand device of Satan is just now being exploded in our neighborhood with a terrible noise and stench. The Mormon camp is in dire confusion, a party having sprung up in its midst who are preaching a reformation from the abominations of Smith, whom they brand a ‘fallen Prophet,’ fallen from his high estate, and now, as they say, ‘an incarnate fiend’. They have stripped the prophets cloak off most unceremoniously and the pollutions concealed beneath are too vile for repetition. Mob violence among themselves has followed this Exposure. And the prospect is that the scenes of Missouri will be repeated in the expulsion of this miserable sect from their present location…” Tucker refers to the publication by dissident Mormon elders of the Nauvoo Expositor, revealing Smith’s practice of polygamy, which was still an open secret. It also told of his questionable financial dealings, inquisitorial autocracy, and manipulation of the courts. Letter shows several ink spots, as some of the text (none of it regarding Smith) was used for the Missionary Society’s publications. Minor splits repaired with transparent paper. Overall, very good. Sold for $2,363.

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Brigham Young Signed Letter 1880

Brigham Young signed letter, 15 March 1860, 5″ x 5.5″, and transcribed by his secretary. Brigham Young succeeded the Prophet Joseph Smith as head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) in 1844. Young writes a response to a request, signed letter reads: “Sir: Agreeable to your request, Feb. 13, I subscribe myself, Respectfully, Brigham Young (signed).” Clean and untorn, the manuscript holds a fine signature. Imprinted symbol at the top left corner, evidence of mounting on back. Excellent Brigham Young signed letter. Sold for $2,350.

Emma Smith Collection of Sacred Hymns 1841
Brigham Young Signed Letter 1880.
Brigham Young Signed Letter 1880. Click to enlarge.

Brigham Young Signed CDV — With a COA From PSA/DNA

Brigham Young autographed CDV photograph. Young served as President of the Mormon Church from 1847-77, and also as Governor of the Utah Territory. Signed ”Brigham Young”, CDV was taken by Savage & Ottinger, portrait artists based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Photograph measures 2.5” x 4”, matted to 10.25” x 11.5”. Toning and light foxing, signature remains bold. Very good to near fine. With a COA from PSA/DNA. Sold for $2,063.

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PSA/ DNA COA. Click to enlarge.

1891 Mormon Temple Photo

1891 photograph picturing the Mormon Temple of Salt Lake City, Utah. Sides of photo marked “Rocky Mountain Scenery” and “W. H. Lawrence & Co., Publishers, Denver, Colo.” Photo, measuring approximately 8″ x 5″, marked with the initials “A.M.C.” Part of a large collection of nearly 200 images taken in 1891 by a family traveling from Canada on a worldwide tour. Dry glue residue on verso, overall toning. Very good condition. Sold for $1,020.

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